The Country Music Association (CMA) recently honored songwriters at the Sixth Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon.
Rhett Atkins and Cole Swindell were among attendees and both were recipients of CMA’s Triple Play Award. Other songwriter members of CMA were joined by representatives of some of the most successful publishers in Music City.
Recognizing excellence is central to CMA’s mission and the Association recognizes songwriters throughout the year with the CMA Award for Song of the Year, which is presented on the annual broadcast to the winning songwriters, and the creation of a rotating category for songwriters in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. Throughout the year CMA also proudly opens its door for No. 1 parties and celebrations honoring songwriters.
The CMA Songwriters Series also reaches audiences nationwide though a partnership with CMA and Public Television’s acclaimed series “Front and Center,” the first two concert specials aired in the fall of 2014 and featured Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, and their songwriter collaborators. Four more songwriter specials have been taped to air this spring featuring numerous hit songwriters alongside artists such as Brandy Clark, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, and Charlie Worsham.
“Songwriters touch lives with their craft,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It is their words and melodies and stories that connect with the millions of fans of Country Music. I want to congratulate all of the Triple Play Award winners for their amazing accomplishments.”
Full list of winners:
Rhett Akins: “It Goes Like This,” “When She Says Baby,” “Get Me Some Of That”
Michael Carter: “Get Me Some Of That,” Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Roller Coaster”
Dallas Davidson: “That’s My Kind Of Night,” “Play It Again,” “I Don’t Dance”
Ashley Gorley: “Hey Girl,” “That’s My Kind Of Night,” “Rewind”
Luke Laird: “Downtown,” “Beat This Summer,” “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Jon Nite: “We Were Us,” “Whatever She’s Got,” “Beachin’”
Josh Osborne: “Drunk Last night,” “My Eyes,” “We Are Tonight”
Jason Sellers: “If I Didn’t Have You,” “Sunny And 75,” “Goodnight Kiss”
Cole Swindell: “Chillin’ It,” “Get Me Some Of That,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight”
Chris Tompkins: “Redneck Crazy,” “Helluva Life,” “Drunk On A Plane”
Brad Warren: “Highway Don’t Care,” “Little Bit Of Everything,” “Drink To That All Night”
Brett Warren: “Highway Don’t Care,” “Little Bit Of Everything,” “Drink To That All Night”
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